Quick overview of my current iOS music production setup.
Sends MIDI out over MeeBlip cubit go.
Kingston Nucleum USB C Hub
Supports charging. Is connected to:
- Native Instruments sound card
- MeeBlip cubit go
MeeBlip cubit go: USB MIDI interface
The best MIDI thru box with USB.
I send MIDI from Kawai VPC1 to the MIDI in. The iPad is connected to the USB port and receives the signal. It is then able route it back out to the 4 MIDI out ports, after going through a MIDI processor such as an argpeggiator.
MIDI thru boxes take the signal coming from a single MIDI source and split it into a number of identical copies. The signal can be split even further by utilizing MIDI channels. For example:
- Vermona DRM
- MIDI channel 10
- Korg MS20 Mini
- MIDI channel 1
- Yamaha Reface CP
- All channels (by default)
Instruments usually use 1-2 and drum machines use 10.
I had to upgrade from Kenton MIDI Thru 5. MeeBlip is just so much nicer, and is much better built.
PUC+ Wireless MIDI
PUC+ Wireless MIDI is nice when you want to get MIDI quickly up and running.
AUM - the modular DAW. You can pick and choose what you like, even fundamental pieces like the sequencing and drum pads.
AUM is the host for all the apps below.
- Atom Piano Roll
- StepPolyArp Unit
- Fugue Machine
- Xequence AU Pads
- Xequence Keys
- Rozeta Rhythm
- Octachron bbinit
For some reason, I’m never able to find my favourite software synth. It is something about presets that put me off. I guess I like instruments that cover a narrow timbre of sound. If I want something else, I would rather use standalone effect modules.
- Borderlands Granular
- Ravenscroft 275
- SpaceCraft Granular Synth
- Bismark bs16i
- KORG iWAVESTATION
- Mellotronics Streetlytron Pro
- Streetlytron ‘63 Edition
- Tube AU
- The plugin user interface looks like an ordinary web browser, except that it is limited to viewing only YouTube, and that the audio stream is sent to the plugin output rather than going directly to the speaker.
Sound modifiers and utilities
- Quantiloop Pro - Live Looper
- Blackhole Reverb by Eventide
- Ultratap Delay
- K7D - Tape delay
- TB Reverb
- Eos 2 by Audio Damage
Vermona DRM1 MKIII
I use Xequence 2 to create drum pads. It’s the best MIDI sequencer I found so far. Super flexible. The other apps I found didn’t have enough notes (the DRM1 has 10 sounds). Most drum machines have 8 sounds for some reason.
With the PUC+ it is possible to send MIDI signals wirelessly from the iPad to the DRM1. I noticed some lag while using it.